About ToxicTrailers.com

ToxicTrailers.com was launched after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 when the government spent more than $2 billion on FEMA trailers with high levels of formaldehyde that sickened thousands of people. The FEMA trailer tragedy exposed what is a widespread problem in RVs, mobile homes, modular buildings and even conventional buildings that use pressed wood products. Unfortunately, as we approach the tenth anniversary of Katrina, formaldehyde regulations are not being enforced in the U.S., and people's health is at risk. If you are having burning eyes, congestion, sore throat, coughing, breathing difficulties, frequent sinus infections or rashes, and difficulties concentrating, you may have a formaldehyde problem. For questions or to share your story, write 4becky@cox.net.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Mickey Kizziah has passed away

Please say a special prayer for Mickey Kizziah, Gulfport, who even while seriously sick with pancreatic cancer was willing to speak out to the media about high formaldehyde levels in FEMA trailers. Mickey passed away recently in the same stinking FEMA trailer high in formaldehyde that made him so sick and weak. Mickey's trailer tested .16 ppm in the summer of 2007. He was unable to get other housing even while dying. Rental rates are high and he didn't have a deposit, first and last month rent, and couldn't afford the monthly rates, either. His friend Roy who came to live with MIckey to help with his pain medication was also sickened by the formaldehyde.
Recently in the Oversight Committee hearings, some congressmen said the trailer manufacturers did no wrong because there were no formaldehyde standards in place. However, the trailer manufacturers have ignored this problem for many years, they have opposed formaldehyde standards, and in fact their defense at this hearing was they have been making housing just like this for many years. Gulf Stream tested their trailers being sent to house Katrina victims, and 100 percent were over the .1 ppm limit.
Pancreatic cancer is very painful, and MIckey suffered greatly. I've recently tested two trailers of another family in Moss Point where two family members have died of cancer and another is currently fighting cancer. Their two trailers are still testing very high at .205 ppm and .185 ppm. Another family that lost a father to brain cancer has also tested very high. And I'm currently getting test results from privately purchased RVs that are even higher! Some are testing over .4 ppm!!!
Don't tell me that the trailer manufacturers aren't responsible. As for the Congressmen who are defending them, they should be ashamed. If they want to preserve jobs in Indiana, then they need to clean up this industry so it stops killing people.

Becky Gillette